MOUNT VERNON, GA – MAY 17, 2016 – As part of the Telmate Fallen Heroes Week, Telmate will honor fallen Sheriff, Ladson Lamar O’Connor of Montgomery County, Georgia during National Police Week on Tuesday, May 17. The event will take place at the Montgomery County Courthouse at 11 a.m. O’Connor is one of five fallen officers being honored by Telmate, from five regions of the U.S. during the weeklong memorial.
Telmate representatives, Montgomery police and local law enforcement agencies will gather in memory of the local sheriff, who was deeply connected to his community. Danielle O’Connor, Sheriff O’Connor’s wife, will be accepting the Telmate Fallen Hero award and donation on behalf of her husband. The undisclosed amount will go to the Danielle O’Connor Survivor Benefit Fund.
On June 15, 2015, Sheriff O’Connor helped in the pursuit of two subjects on Highway 56 who deputies had attempted to stop in Toombs County. The vehicle fled as its occupants fired shots at Toombs County deputies. Sheriff O’Connor joined when the pursuit crossed into Montgomery County, but his vehicle left the road and collided with a tree causing him to suffer fatal injuries.
The forty-two-year-old sheriff was a lifelong resident of Montgomery County, and his loyalty and devotion to protecting its 9,000 citizens began well before he was elected Sheriff in 2013. “It was his home town and he wanted to make a difference for generations to come,” said his wife, Danielle Partin O’Connor. She added that her husband had a deep rooted love for his county and wanted nothing more than to serve and protect what he loved the most.
When asked about the definition of a true hero, Danielle referenced the inscription on her husband’s grave: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” She believes it perfectly mirrors her husband’s legacy: “He truly did lay down his life for his family, his friends and protecting his county.”
In addition to serving Montgomery County for two years as sheriff, O’Connor was a family man with four children and one grandchild. He was also an avid hunter who enjoyed hunting deer and duck.
The Telmate Fallen Heroes Program is part of the company’s community outreach program called Telmate Cares. Every month, nominees are presented to a committee and one individual or organization is selected to receive a scholarship/donation to support families of fallen officers or organizations selected by those families.
For more information about Telmate’s Fallen Heroes program visit telmate.com/fallen-heroes.
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